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A man wearing protective gear in a decontamination site
October 16, 2014
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Lawrence Wein: Five Disaster Scenarios — and What We Learn From Them

A professor tackles the most effective responses to some of the world's most dangerous risks.

Three economists hit the road to learn about small business in America. See what they discovered.

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A t-shirt says "I love my job"
September 17, 2014
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Harikesh Nair: Human Resources’ Big Data Moment

A marketing professor explains how workplace analytics can transform how companies hire, evaluate, motivate, and retain employees.

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Power plant
October 17, 2014
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What Would it Really Cost to Reduce Carbon Emissions?

Not as much as you might think, according to two scholars.

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A woman running at sunset.
October 14, 2014
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Szu-chi Huang: Pursuit of a Mutual Goal Can Turn Friends into Foes

Marketing research finds that peer support in programs such as Weight Watchers fades as members near the target.

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October 9, 2014
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Kristin Laurin: Do People’s Connections with God Mimic Their Human Relationships?

A scholar finds similarities between interpersonal connections and relationships to a higher power.

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Street signs that say "Wall Street" and "One Way"
October 10, 2014
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Nicholas Bloom: What Leads to Economic Uncertainty?

An economist explains how political polarization and government growth have increased uncertainty.

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Man walking by an advertisement for the 2012 Democratic National Convention
September 8, 2014
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Neil Malhotra: Do Americans Really Want Bipartisanship?

A study shows that political identity often trumps a voter’s desire for compromise.

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Christine Su
September 8, 2014
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Christine Su: “Listen – To Your Customers, Your Team, and Your Employees”

The founder of a business focused on sustainable ranching discusses the value of listening, learning, and understanding your personal vision of happiness.

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October 20, 2014
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Eric Bettinger: Why Stay-at-Home Parents are Good for Older Children

Parental presence isn't just for infants and toddlers.

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San Francisco
September 23, 2014
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Rebecca Diamond: What Is the Relationship Between Economics and Geography?

Research explores the interplay between wages, taxes, housing costs, the movement of workers, and education.

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A sign reads "Closing Down"
September 30, 2014
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Kathryn Shaw: Entrepreneurship Requires Practice, Practice, Practice

A scholar finds that repeat entrepreneurs are more likely to succeed.

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Alibaba headquarters
September 3, 2014
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Joseph Piotroski: What Is the Relationship Between Chinese Politics and IPOs?

Research shows it’s more complex than mere crony capitalism.

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February 1, 2009
Written

Framing Obama's Stimulus Package

A study explores how peoples' backgrounds influence their opinions of the president's plan to boost the economy.
February 1, 2009
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Jeff Raikes: 5 Things That Make a Great Business Leader

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO says the best managers "know when they need to roll up their sleeves and make something happen."
February 1, 2009
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Most Gamblers Are Just Out for Fun

Research shows that, while gamblers do exhibit many irrational behaviors, for most its just simple entertainment.
February 1, 2009
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There's Still Money Out There for Entrepreneurs

In spite of broad economic challenges, speakers at the 2009 Entrepreneurship Conference at Stanford say it's a great time to start a business.
January 1, 2009
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Joseph Stiglitz: Today's Market Behavior Shouldn't Be a Surprise

The Nobel prize-winning economist dissects the U.S. economy to explain what caused its spiral into recession.
January 1, 2009
Written

JP Morgan Chase's Jamie Dimon: You Still Have to Take Risks

The CEO of JP Morgan Chase discusses the financial meltdown, why his firm survived, and how risk should be taken in the best interest of clients.
January 1, 2009
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Richard Fairbank: Build a People-Centric Company

The Capital One Financial Corp. founder explains the lengths he goes to hire the right people.
December 1, 2008
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Incentives and the Financial Crisis

A finance professor argues that preventing financial crises means creating policies that align bankers' incentives with the public interest.
December 1, 2008
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Research Confirms: It's The Thought That Counts

Studies show that gift recipients are just as happy with small presents as with big ones.
December 1, 2008
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The Thought of Acquiring Power Motivates People to Act

Research explores the relationship between having power and taking action.